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This library guide is designed to introduce undergraduate students to "starting points" for studies in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.


Your assignments at university are an invitation to join a scholarly conversation by exploring topics in depth, formulating a unique research question, examining the research of others along with primary sources, building an argument, and drawing your own conclusions.  A good research topic is one that sparks your interest and allows you to ask new questions in order to find meaningful answers. This guide is intended to help you get started.

Pick a research topic

Search Omni, the library's main search box to easily find peer-reviewed journal articles on any topic.  Remember to refine your search by selecting the following options: Peer-Reviewed Journals, Articles and Subject (optional) to obtain high quality, academic literature. Use the Omni Search Tips

You can also search databases by subject to find journal articles. They offer many advanced search features and search results tend to be more precise.

Recommended databases for geography:

Note: If the library does not have what you need, you can order books and journal articles from other libraries through RACER but you need to register before you can start using it.

Geographers most often use APA citation style:

Referencing your sources is an important part of academic writing. Why?

  • it lets you acknowledge the ideas or words of others if you use them in your work
  • it helps you to avoid plagiarism
  • it demonstrates that you are using the scholarly record and that you can provide authority for statements you make in your term paper
  • it enables readers to find the source information

Alternate Citation Guides:

Writing Guides:

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Electronic Text Books

Search Tip:

  • Find Open Access books when searching Omni.  When refining your search results, select the Open Access and Books filters (in left column).
Content last updated: June 15, 2020